I’ve heard it said before that “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – boy isn’t that the truth?!! Just in the past week and a half – my daughter fractured her arm, our washer and dryer died, our truck went into the shop, our second car’s battery had a dead short and a flat tire, we had multiple light bulbs going out throughout the house, and not to mention a glitch in our security system which kept setting off the alarm at 11:20pm and 3:20am the last three nights. I know all of you have had a day or week like this and that I’m not alone! Maybe its karma, a shift in the tides, a full moon, or maybe it’s simply the balance of life?
When good things are happening in life, these events are reminders that there is a yin and yang to life’s rhythm. One would completely understand, I’m sure, if I just “lost it” and exploded out of frustration, but I surprised myself this week- instead of becoming overly stressed and/or freaking out with the “why does this always happen to us” pity party – I just found myself laughing instead as each new crazy moment unfolded! Instead of letting myself succumb to the stress, I faced what was happening with more of a “bring it on” approach because, quite frankly, there was too much going wrong at one time to not find the humor in it.
When a string of (minor) bad luck happens like it just did with my family, it’s really easy to fall into the mindset that we are the only people who experience such life events or that nothing like this happens to anyone else, but in reality, we all experience days or weeks very similar to my own. Maybe we can’t always break out laughing to ease the stress in the moment, but boy it sure helped me. This got me thinking again about mindset, specifically having the ability to change our mind toward the outcome of our day, no matter what is happening. To look for the good in the situation, even if we can’t see it at the time. What a lesson in patience and positivism!
The reason I wanted to share this with you is to remind each other that it’s okay to have this type of day and that we’re not alone. Days full of negative events can be looked at as gifts. Gifts to remind ourselves of all the good things happening around us and that we may have to take a deep breath and look a bit harder and change our focus. Maybe there’s an inconvenience to being without a working washer and dryer, but at we are fortunate to be able to be to replace them (and thank goodness for the nearby laundromat!). My little girl’s arm is fractured and she’s out for the remainder of her gymnastics season, but we’re able to spend time together after school and attend puppy training courses that she would have otherwise missed while being at team practice. The flat tire fix ended up being less expensive than the full set of tires we thought the car needed, and at least the flat tire didn’t result in an accident! In the end, these small things are insignificant compared to the big picture of life. My family is healthy and happy. We have friends that fill our lives with joy and love. Life is busy and full and we are strong and capable. I’m beyond grateful for these things and I’m learning more and more that a simple shift in thinking continues to fill my heart and mind with good stuff and not allowing an invite for negativity. So as I continue to plan my days with our busy schedules and to do lists, I’ll be mindful that sometimes life has other plans and just go with it!!
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